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Re: the cats whiskers

Posted by ESC on November 18, 2005

In Reply to: The cats whiskers posted by SarahLamb on November 18, 2005

: Thanks for bees knees explanation. How about "its the cats whiskers" what's so great about them?

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They fit into the theme.

BEE'S KNEES --"For 'great' (in the 20s) we have: the cat's pajamas, remarkable, first used around 1920, when pajamas were still somewhat shockingly new...similar expressions...the duck's quack, 1920; the bee's knees, the clam's garters, the elephant's wrist, the eel's ankles, the gnat's elbow, all 1923 the elephant's arches and the sardine's whiskers, both 1924; the bullfrog's beard, the cuckoo's chin, the leopard's stripes, the pig's wings, the snake's hips, and the tiger's spots, all 1925." From "Listening to America: An Illustrated History of Words and Phrases from Our Lively and Splendid Past"" by Stuart Berg Flexner (Simon and Schuster, New York, 1982).

BEE'S KNEES --"For 'great' (in the 20s) we have: the cat's pajamas, remarkable, first used around 1920, when pajamas were still somewhat shockingly new...similar expressions...the duck's quack, 1920; the bee's knees, the clam's garters, the elephant's wrist, the eel's ankles, the gnat's elbow, all 1923 the elephant's arches and the sardine's whiskers, both 1924; the bullfrog's beard, the cuckoo's chin, the leopard's stripes, the pig's wings, the snake's hips, and the tiger's spots, all 1925." From "Listening to America: An Illustrated History of Words and Phrases from Our Lively and Splendid Past"" by Stuart Berg Flexner (Simon and Schuster, New York, 1982).